Goldspot Pigfish, Bodianus perditio Click to enlarge image
A Goldspot Pigfish caught on hook and line at a depth of 60 m, north-north-east of Lord Howe Island, 28 February 2010. Image: Jack Shick
© Jack Shick

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    perditio
    Genus
    Bodianus
    Family
    Labridae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    80 cm

Introduction

The Goldspot Pigfish has an antiequatorial distribution. This means that it is found in sub-tropical marine waters of the northern and southern hemispheres but not in the tropics.

Identification

The Goldspot Pigfish can be recognised by its colouration. It is orangy-red with orange spots on the head and the front half of the body. Much of the first dorsal fin is black. There is a yellow spot or bar (hence the standard name) on the back followed by a large black mark on the base of the soft dorsal fin and upper body.

Habitat

It occurs in coral reef, rocky reef and inshore habitats. It has been reported from as shallow as 10 m but usually lives at greater depths.

Distribution

It has an antitropical distribution in the Indo-west to Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from southern Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales and from Lord Howe Island.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.